Monitoring EU support to public health institutes
The overall objective of the Supporting Public Health Institutes Programme (SPHIP) was to enhance expertise, knowledge, and resources of selected schools of public health, public health research or training institutes in low-income contries. This enhancement in turn was to provide national health authorities and stakeholders with evidence-based and locally adapted policy advice, training, and other support to feed decision- and policy-making and to monitor implementation at national or sub-national level. In the SPHIP, eight projects were selected in Bangladesh, Burundi, DR Congo, Haiti, Kenya, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Uganda. GFA was contracted by the European Commission to assist the Unit B4 of DG DEVCO with monitoring of the SPHIPs implementation in a comprehensive manner, increasing the global coherence, efficiency and visibility of the individual projects in various countries, and guiding and planning the programs evolution into a possible second phase.
The consultant team did not only advise the Commission services, but they also had a close and regular interaction with the implementing public health institutes, shared their observations and drafted recommendations with them in order to cross-check observations and perceptions, and to obtain relevant comments, and prepare the public health institutes for any sub-sequent follow-up by the contracting authority. There was an efficient balance between the functions of following up the implementation of the SPHIP and of providing suppport and advice to the public health institutes, while fully respecting the contract management responsibilities of the contract authority.